The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken into its custody Jide Omokore, co-chairman of oil firm Atlantic Energy for crime of corruption and money laundering.
Reuters reports that the commission arrested Omokore for questioning as part of ongoing-investigations of corruption in the oil sector by the EFCC in collaborating with officials of the United Kingdom National Crime Agency.
Sources in the commission, said Omokore is suspected to be a business associate of former Petroleum Minister Alison-Madueke after he allegedly used his companies to facilitate to siphon billions of naira in nation’s oil industry contracts.
Sources stated that Kogi man is currently investigated over involvement in multi-billion dollar oil deals and kerosene scam that rocked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) when Diezani Alison-Madueke was minister.
It learnt that the EFCC had taken over the residences of investigated oil mogul at no 9 Turnbull Street home in Ikoyi as well as his office on Glover Street, also in Ikoyi on October 2 alongside the houses of the former oil minister.
Omokore’s arrest is believed to be connected with last Friday’s arrest of Alison-Madueke by the British’s National Crime Agency over bribery and money laundering crimes.